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80 Year Commemoration of D-Day


The 6th June 2024 marks the 80th anniversary of D-Day. Across the nation, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories beacons and lights of peace will be lit at 9.15pm in Commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day landings on the five Beaches in Normandy, France. Holmes Chapel Parish Council is making plans for Holmes Chapel to be part of this act of commemoration.


We will be marking this in the village with the bells ringing out for peace early evening, followed by the holding of a Churches Together Service at St Luke's. The Service will end with the reading of the National Tribute, the laying of a fresh flower wreath and lighting of a beacon in the grounds of St Luke's.

The National Tribute will be read by representatives of the military, Parish Council, Churches, Royal British Legion, Youth Council, Fire Services and U3A. The Wreath will be laid by the Clerk and Deputy Clerk, on behalf of the people of Holmes Chapel. Flowers for the wreath have been chosen for their meaning – Rosemary for Remembrance, Lavender for Peace, White Roses for Loyalty, Pink Roses for Love & Admiration and White Lillies for Purity & Rebirth. The Beacon will be lit by Cllr Mike Street, alongside our local fire officers.

We hope you will join us to commemorate this special occasion.

Grateful thanks to Sam Dale's and Morreys for generously donating the gas for the beacon and to our local fire officers for supporting the lighting of the beacon. 

Please also note that at 11am a short ceremony will take place at the War Memorial led by the Holmes Chapel Royal British Legion.

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